The nation’s largest African and African Diasporic dance festival and BAM’s longest-running program celebrates the vibrant culture and resilience of Haiti in this year’s festival.
by BROOKLYN READER, May 7, 2021
This year, DanceAfrica is paying homage to the ancestral energy of Haiti, an image of Black liberation, with the theme: Vwa zanset yo: y’ap pale, n’ap danse!, “Ancestral voices: they speak… we dance!”
The festival, run by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), is the nation’s largest celebration of African and African Diasporic dance, music and culture and will be taking place virtually this May.
This year, DanceAfrica Artistic Director Baba Abdel R. Salaam commissioned pieces from HaitiDansCo in Cap-Haitien and three American companies — Àṣẹ Dance Theatre Collective and The Fritzation Experience in Brooklyn, and Rara Tou Limen in Oakland, who will come together to perform on May 29.